Get Thanksgiving Ready
It’s turkey season! Read on for our recommendations on where to get fresh ingredients if you’re cooking at home, or to order in or dine out for the Thanksgiving that’s right for you. Plus, find tips to make your gathering a zero-waste affair.
The Union Square Greenmarket is open year-round, offering local farm-fresh produce, meat, and other treats on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
On Thanksgiving week, to help you prep - the market will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23rd).
Read the Greenmarket’s Thanksgiving Turkey Guide for extensive details on how to pre-order your turkey from Violet Hill Farm, Ramble Creek Farm, Feisty Acres Farm, Tamarack Hollow Farm, or Quattros Farm.
Zero Waste Tip: Buying local at the farmer’s market helps you reduce packaging waste. And you can find natural decorations for your house, like the beautiful dried flower wreaths from River Garden Flower Farm and colorful winter squash and pumpkins from various produce vendors (and these can be composted later). When shopping, don’t forget to bring your own reusable grocery bags or tupperware. If you did forget, visit the Greenmarket Info Tent to purchase a “Plastic Cleanse Starter Kit” that comes with a tote and four reusable produce bags.
Find herbs-a-plenty for seasoning your dishes, fresh cranberries, a plethora of squash to choose from, Brussels sprouts on the stem, and more for your dinner preparations. If you’re shopping for a host gift, pick up a homemade pie, jam, local wines and spirits, popcorn of all flavors, or a dried or fresh bouquet.
You can also donate a bag to a help feed New Yorkers in need on Wednesday Nov. 14th and Friday, Nov. 16th.
Whole Foods has put together specialized menus to help you prepare for your holiday meal. Check out their vegan and vegetarian inspirations, and avoid food waste with their small gathering menu. If you want to surprise your guests take a peek at their unexpected menu, or stay traditional with their classic dinner recipe collection. You can also easily order your Thanksgiving meal online.
Some of your favorite restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving day serving speciality holiday menus.
Known for its poultry, Le Coq Rico is cooking up a feast for $90/person. Some options include butternut squash soup, stuffed heritage turkey, apple cranberry crumble and more.
Tom Colicchio’s Craft, a restaurant inspired by simplicity and fresh market produce, will offer a a festive meal for $155/person.
Union Square Cafe is open from noon - 8 PM for a three course meal by Chef Carmen Quagliata at $145/person. No need to fight over who wants turkey, steak, pork or fish. All your guests can choose their own off the divine menu. Make a reservation on Resy before it’s sold out!
If you aren’t a turkey-loving family, take a step out of the box and order a decadent meal from Momofuku Ssäm Bar. Swap out Turkey for whole roasted pork shoulder with ginger scallion, Korean BBQ sauce, bacon-mushroom gravy, orange-cranberry sauce, and steamed buns. (Order 48 hours in advance for pickup Thanksgiving Day.)
For the Italian crew, dine in at Mailino. Choose from two menu options: the first an Italian-American Thanksgiving, and the second featuring Mailino classics. Additionally, there’s an option for children.
Dine on 14th Street at The Winslow for $45/person (+$13 for a Thanksgiving cocktail) for a five-course menu of the classics: turkey breast, brioche stuffing, yukon gold potato mash and sweet potato cheesecake for dessert.
There is no shortage of incredible bakeries in Union Square. Although Breads Bakery will be closed on Thanksgiving day, call at (212) 633-2253 to place an order for their signature babka pie inspired by their famous chocolate babka to pick up in advance of the holiday. Additional holiday offerings on the 2018 menu include a double crust apple pie, pumpkin quiche, harvest babka, and autumn loaf.
Zero Waste Tip: Whether you’re using your own leftover bread, or buying Bread’s Bakery day-old challah stuffing kit, consider where you can reduce and reuse in your recipes this holiday.
Daily Provisions is offering Thanksgiving pickup for decadent desserts, like Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookies, along with it’s Sprezzatura Loaf and Seeded Sourdough. Not in NYC? You can order their pies to anywhere in the United States on Goldbelly.
Maison Kayser can meet all your meet needs as well. Pre-order your Thanksgiving package, a limited-edition selection of your favorite fall desserts including pumpkin tarts and chestnut tarts.
When it comes to spoiling your host, look no further than Union Square Wines & Spirits. The expert staff can help you find the perfect accompaniment to the menu, or something special distilled locally and beyond.
Zero Waste Tip: Don’t forget to recycle all those bottles, spirits, and cans.
For a gift full of spirit without the spirits, try Paper Source on 5th Avenue. Pick up a craft turkey or wreath to assemble, towels to be thankful for, a giving plate for the table and of course, the perfect card to share your thanks.
reuse + recycle
As your prepare for your Thanksgiving celebrations, be mindful of ways you can waste less at home:
Don’t let your family and friends get away without taking some leftovers with them. Ask them to bring containers overs to pack a plate for Friday’s lunch (everyone’s true Thanksgiving favorite meal).
Consider covering your leftovers with aluminum foil instead of plastic wraps. When clean, it’s recyclable!
Be creative with leftovers to make new meals. How about some Thanksgiving Tacos or Pot Pie with leftover turkey? Waffles with leftover stuffing? Herb oil with leftover herbs? Mash potato pancakes?! And finally, compost what you can’t eat.
Anything you peel or have bits of leftover while you’re cooking - save it to make a vegetable (or turkey!) stock.
Are you a Union Square Business doing something special for Thanksgiving? Let us know and we’ll include you in our guide. Contact us.